21 August 2021

COVID-19 update 21 August 2021

WA Health is reporting no new COVID-19 cases today.

The State’s total is now 1063. To date, 1050 people have recovered from the virus in WA.

WA Health is monitoring four active COVID-19 cases, all currently in hotel quarantine.

Testing clinics

Yesterday, 1339 people were swabbed at State-run clinics. A list of all testing clinics is available on the HealthyWA website.


This week, the vaccination program was opened to Western Australians aged 16 to 29 years old and more than 91,000 people have now registered and booked a COVID vaccination appointment at State-run clinics.

People in this cohort can book their vaccination by visiting rollup.wa.gov.au, create a profile and then make an appointment.

For the latest WA vaccination figures, visit the COVID-19 Coronavirus: Vaccination dashboard (external site).**

Border controls

New South Wales update

Based on the latest health advice, New South Wales will be further elevated to the new extreme risk' (external site) category from 12.01am Thursday, August 26, 2021. This means that travel from New South Wales to Western Australia will not be permitted.

Under this category, the exemptions for approved travellers has been further restricted to Commonwealth and State officials, Members of Parliament, Diplomats and specialist or extraordinary circumstances determined by the State Emergency Coordinator or the Chief Health Officer, and these approved travellers are subject to the following conditions, unless otherwise advised:

  • undertake mandatory hotel quarantine at a State quarantine facility for 14 days at their expense;
  • get tested for COVID-19 on days one, five and 13;
  • have returned a negative COVID-19 PCR test in the past 72 hours;
  • receipt of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, if eligible.

Under the extreme risk setting, if a Western Australian returning from overseas falls into one of the above categories, is approved to enter WA and has completed 14 days of supervised quarantine in NSW they will be required to undergo 14 days of self-quarantine in a suitable premise.

New Zealand

Based on the latest health advice, New Zealand transitioned to a ‘low risk’ jurisdiction under Western Australia’s controlled border.

Anyone who has entered WA from New Zealand is subject to the following strict conditions. They must: 

  • present for a COVID-19 test on arrival (within 48 hours) and on day 12.
  • self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premises.
  • complete a G2G Pass declaration prior to arrival, stipulating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and which jurisdictions they have been in during the previous 14 days.
  • land arrivals are to be met at the border checkpoint for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked before proceeding to their self-quarantine premises.

It is important that recent travellers from New Zealand familiarise themselves with the latest exposure sites (external site), as contact tracing continues to uncover more locations of concern.

Northern Territory

All passengers arriving into Western Australia from Northern Territory are required to get tested immediately (within 48 hours) and isolate until they have received a negative result.

Any passenger who refuses to get tested will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Anyone who has been at the listed NT exposure venues on the dates and time specified are required to self-quarantine for 14 days and be tested immediately (within 48 hours) and again at day 11.

Anyone from the Darwin and Katherine areas who did not visit the venues and has arrived from August 12 to 16 is advised to get tested if they develop any symptoms that may be related to COVID-19.

The Australian Capital Territory and Queensland are at medium risk (external site), while South Australia is assessed as low risk (external site). Tasmania is considered very low risk (external site).


To date, 126 cases of variant strains have been detected in Western Australia – 53 Alpha strain, 15 Beta strain, one Gamma strain and 57 Delta strain.

Visit WA Health’s HealthyWA website for the latest information on COVID-19. 

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*WA vaccination data for the WA COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard is sourced from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). AIR is a national register maintained by the Australian Government that records all vaccines given to all people in Australia. WA data includes all COVID-19 vaccinations in WA, whether administered by WA Health, Australian Government providers or other providers (including GPs). WA previously reported only WA Health data. Note that the dashboard does not update until after 2pm Monday to Friday. A vaccine dashboard data interpretation guide (external site) is also available to help you.

**Cumulative testing and daily vaccination data will be reported on Monday.